Faster (Australian Ballet, Melbourne)

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The Australian Ballet’s new triple bill, Faster, exemplifies the pace and complexity of 2017 life. It also offers audiences a chance to pause and appreciate a display of incredible physicality, deep intelligence and pure emotion – elements that can get lost in our hyper-connected, 24-7, technology driven world. Opening act Faster celebrates the immense capabilities

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Melbourne’s Green Room Awards’ very long list of nominations

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Dance, Musicals, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

The Green Room awards — possibly the world’s most comprehensive performing arts awards — has announced the nominees for its customary mammoth list of categories: cabaret, contemporary and experimental performance, dance, independent theatre, music theatre, opera, and theatre companies. Each of these categories has up to ten separate sub-categories. The nominee list this year contains over 330 names of individual

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The Red Detachment Of Women (Arts Centre, Melbourne)

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In legendary funny-man Mel Brooks’s film The Producers, a pair of hapless con artists looking to put on a flop, stage a new musical – Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp With Eva and Adolf at Berchtesgaden. It’s a show they believe so tasteless, offensive and ideologically repulsive, that audiences will be sent running. Much

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Blood on the Dance Floor review (Sydney Festival, Carriageworks)

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Jacob Boehme is a dancer and writer from the South Australian Narangga and Kaurna nations who, in 1998, was diagnosed with HIV. As Boehme says in his program notes, the Indigenous community has been dealing with HIV/AIDS right from the early days of its emergence in the 1980s, although conversations about the virus in Australia have

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Circa’s Yaron Lifschitz – the big arts companies protect no-one by protecting the few

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Yaron Lifschitz, CEO of the Brisbane based circus gave a speech in Sydney at a Currency House Creativity and Business Breakfast last week that challenged the major 28 arts companies (who include the major theatre, ballet and opera companies) that make up the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) to demand their funding pool be opened to anyone who

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The Major Performing Arts companies respond to Yaron Lifschitz’s challenge

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Last week the CEO of the circus/theatre company Circa, Yaron Lifschitz, threw down a challenge to the 28 major arts companies that make up the Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG).  In a speech delivered in Sydney at a Currency House Creativity and Business Breakfast he challenged these companies (who include the major theatre, ballet and opera companies) to demand their

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Survey reveals live music and theatre have suffered a huge hit at the Australian box office

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Live Performance Australia has released its annual ticket attendance and revenue survey for 2015, revealing a decline in ticket sales across the sector after two years of growth. Just over 18 million tickets were issued to live performance events in 2015, generating total ticket sales revenue of $1.4 billion. When compared to 2014, revenue is down

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Sydney Dance Company: New Breed 2016 review (Carriageworks, Sydney)

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Now in its third year, Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed has proven itself to be a wonderful laboratory for rising choreographic talents to test new ideas and stretch their choreographic muscles. Those choreographers have been drawn from around the country and within the ranks of Sydney Dance Company’s dancers, many of whom have tried their hand at

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Want to finger a ficus? Sex, life, and sex lives under the spotlight in Sydney

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Performance Space’s second annual Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art is now in its second week at Carriageworks, and Ben Neutze went along to review three diverse and fascinating works: Ecosexual Bathhouse, The Talk, and Mermermer. *** Plants: can they consent? That’s one of the lingering questions from Ecosexual Bathhouse, the centrepiece of the second week of Sydney’s Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art at Carriageworks. The

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